Highly anticipated by Nintendo Switch players, but also by Wii nostalgics, the release of Nintendo Switch Sports is scheduled for this April.
Wii Sports: a cult game from Nintendo
It was one of the key announcements at the latest Nintendo Direct, which took place on February 9: the release of Nintendo Switch Sports, the heir to the legendary Wii Sports is scheduled for April 29, 2022. Wii Sports revolutionized the video game market when it was released with the Wii in 2006. This game, which came free with each console, featured five rudimentary sports titles and showed players the capabilities of the Wii’s then-revolutionary motion controls. It was an immediate success, especially with family audiences. Today, while the Switch has now surpassed the sales of the Wii, and has its share of large-scale success with Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and Animal Crossing: New Horizons, the console has yet to see another gaming experience that brings together as many people as the original Wii Sports. But now, many years later, Wii Sports fans can relive their past experiences with Nintendo Switch Sports.
Six sports for the basic game
Nintendo Switch Sports brings together six sports and lets you control them using the motion controls on the Switch’s Joy-Cons. Tennis, bowling and chambara (swordplay) return to the Sports series, while this iteration adds soccer, volleyball and badminton. If you purchase the physical version of Nintendo Switch Sports, you will also receive a Leg Strap accessory that allows your Joy-Con to follow your leg, which can be used in the soccer Shootout mode.
You can play in person with family and friends like in the original Wii Sports, or play online through ranked matchmaking, or against friends on your Nintendo Switch Online roster. Two free updates have also been announced for the game. The first one adds the possibility to use the Leg Strap peripheral for the main soccer game. Soon after, another free update will add golf to the collection of sports you can play.
More announcements from Nintendo
Last Wednesday, Nintendo also announced that Mario Strikers: Battle League Football, a new sports game, dedicated to soccer, would be available on its console in June.
Another highly anticipated novelty concerns one of the most popular games of the Japanese firm, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. Indeed, no less than 48 additional tracks will soon be available for this flagship opus of the franchise. However, the tracks will not exactly be new, as they will be taken from previous Mario Kart titles. So they have been remastered for the Switch. Finally, much awaited by the fans, the game “Kirby and the Forgotten World will be released on March 25th.
Nintendo Switch Sports can already be pre-ordered while waiting for its release in April.